The NHL's vote scheduled for today on Mario Lemieux's bid to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins is expected to take place before the Hall of Fame center formally takes control of the team. League officials say that timetable is not unusual.
NHL spokesman Frank Brown said league approval to sell the team, if it comes, would be made contingent on the bankruptcy court in Pittsburgh also approving the deal. The league's governing body will vote in New York.
"Sometimes you move into a house that needs (to be) painted," Brown said. "This is no different."
Lemieux, who if the deal is completed will be the first athlete from a major professional franchise to buy his former team, still needs to work out details of a $5 million investment in the team from SMG, a Philadelphia-based partnership that manages the Civic Arena, where the Penguins play home games. In other NHL news:
Dino Ciccarelli, one of just 10 players in NHL history to score 600 goals, announced his retirement after deciding his ailing back couldn't take the punishment anymore. The four-time all-star was a free agent since the Florida Panthers released him in July.
Ciccarelli ranks ninth on the NHL's career list with 608 goals, two behind Bobby Hull and Vancouver's Mark Messier. He also had 592 assists for 1,200 points, good for 28th place all-time.
The Phoenix Coyotes signed right wing Shane Doan to a multi-year contract. Doan got a two-year contract worth a total $1.6 million in salary and bonuses. The 22-year-old had six goals and 16 assists in 79 games with Phoenix last season.